Light Snowfall Predicted in Spring Mountains, Rain at Lower Elevations

Contact(s): Chris Sukach, 702-659-2586


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Las Vegas – Light snowfall and gusty winds are predicted for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area over the coming days. While snow showers are expected, there likely will not be enough to safely support sledding, snowshoeing, or other typical snow play activities.

While snowfall is expected at higher elevations, rain is predicted for the Las Vegas Valley. If chain requirements go into effect for the mountains, you must have chains if the vehicle has no snow tires. For more detailed information on chain requirements, please visit: https://www.nevadadot.com/safety/safe-winter-driving/traction-and-chain-requirement-descriptions.

Visitors are encouraged to visit www.GoMtCharleston.com/snow-season for information about conditions and safety before heading to the mountains. Visitors can also check the National Weather Service website at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/rec/index.php?loc=SM or view one of the following webcams:

For real-time road information, you also can dial 511 within Nevada and 1-877-NV-ROADS (1-877-687-6237) outside of Nevada or visit www.nvroads.com/511-home.

Additionally, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway facilities and parking area at 2525 Kyle Canyon Road are closed to the public to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. Free public restroom facilities are available in Kyle Canyon at the Cliff Rose Trailhead across the traffic circle from the Visitor Gateway and in Lee Canyon at Sawmill Trailhead.

Lee Canyon Ski Resort, which has been making its own snow, is open. Information about this ski area is available at: https://www.leecanyonlv.com/ or by calling (702) 385-2754. Ski Resort visitors are reminded to have their pass or online reservation receipts available to show law enforcement officers who are monitoring traffic. Due to COVID restrictions, parking reservations are required, and details can be found at https://www.leecanyonlv.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/reserve-parking.

Visitors are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for their planned activities and to not trespass on private property or closed areas. Sledding is not recommended in areas where there is less than 12 inches of snow and trash should be carried home or placed in dumpsters or trashcans. Owners should also keep pets on a leash and clean up their waste.

The popularity of Lee and Kyle Canyons during the winter season can bring thousands of cars to the area, especially on weekends. Anticipate higher traffic volumes during weekends and holidays. Weekdays, early morning, and non-holiday times may provide fewer crowds and better access. Go early, be patient, and abide by traffic laws. You may have to wait to go up the mountain if traffic is too congested or conditions are unsafe.

To ensure timely emergency response and public safety during the popular winter months, Nevada Highway Patrol and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department monitor traffic congestion, available parking, and road conditions in Kyle and Lee canyons and regulate access. Depending on conditions, delays and periodic road closures may occur on Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Road), 157 (Kyle Canyon Road) and 158 (Deer Creek Road).

Law enforcement officials ask visitors to observe and comply with highway reader boards and flashing signs on Lee Canyon Road and Kyle Canyon Road when they indicate that four-wheel drive and snow tires or tire chains are required in order to proceed up the mountain. Failure to comply will result in unsafe driving conditions and may result in accidents, stuck vehicles, and citations issued by law enforcement. 

Dial *NHP (*647) in case of a roadway emergency or 911 to report a serious accident. Since cell phone service is limited, public phones are located along Lee Canyon Road near Lee Meadows and the Old Mill Picnic Area. Local and 911 calls from these phones are free.

Visitors are also reminded to abide by all posted parking signs in both Kyle and Lee Canyons. Illegally parked vehicles may be fined and towed. In areas where roadside parking is permitted, ensure all tires are to the right of the white line to keep the lane clear for emergency vehicles. For more detailed information where parking is restricted, please visit: https://www.gomtcharleston.com/wp-content/uploads/spring-mountains-snow-season-map.pdf.

The Mount Charleston Winter Alliance promotes public safety during the winter months when Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon see large spikes in visitation. Agency partners include: Clark County, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro), Lee Canyon Ski Resort, Mount Charleston Fire Protection District, National Weather Service, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), U.S. Forest Service, and the Southern Nevada Conservancy.





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